The winners of the “How a Minute of Kindness Can Change a Day” Writing Contest sponsored by The Be Kind People Project were honored March 26.
The project mission “is to instill the concept of intentional kindness in students and to honor the 6.2 million teachers who bring their consummate skills and selfless devotion to our nation’s classrooms.”
“I’m truly inspired by the caliber of the writing entries we received and the enthusiasm for the contest and its goals expressed by students and teachers from across the Valley,” said Marcia Meyer, founder of The Be Kind People Project. “The essays demonstrated a keen appreciation for the destructive impact of bullying in our nation’s schools, where one in four kids is bullied on a regular basis. It’s time to take positive action to combat this growing problem. Educators can lead the charge by teaching students that kindness is one of our nation’s core values and by acknowledging and rewarding acts of kindness whenever they occur.”
One of the winners, Amalia Frohna, eighth grader at Cocopah Middle School in the Scottsdale Unified School District wrote in her essay, “Kindness: A Possible Change”:
One act of kindness can take less than a minute out of each day. Thinking about how many minutes I hope to live, one each day is fairly insignificant, but to someone else, that minute could possibly be the best minute of their lives. But giving one minute each day for the rest of our lives, the minutes add up and turn into something significant. If we give up one minute of the 1,440 in a day, we can make the world a better place.
The winners for the Phoenix metropolitan area are:
Emily Trent, grade 9, Westwood High School, Mesa. “One Smile Can Change a Life”
Megan Weidle, grade 12, Westwood High School, Mesa, “The Reunion of a Lifetime”
Zach Hendin, grade 3, Desert View Learning Center, Paradise Valley, “How a Minute of Kindness Can Change a Day”
Livia Del Housaye, grade 4, Paradise Valley Christian Prep, Paradise Valley, “Kindness to a Friend”
Nate Van Ness, grade 6, Cocopah Middle School, Scottsdale, “One Act of Kindness”
Amalia Frohna, grade 8, Cocopah Middle School, Scottsdale, “One Moment Lasts Forever”
Julia Siclovan, grade 2, Coyote Ridge Elementary, Glendale, “Kind at Home” (essay and drawing)
Emaree Vanzant, grade 5, Sunset Hills Elementary, Surprise, “The Pathway to Kindness”
Isaac Garcia, grade 6, Washington Elementary, Glendale, untitled essay and drawing
Halee Workman, grade 1, Horseshoe Trails Elementary, Phoenix, (Cave Creek Unified School District), untitled essay and drawing